December 28, This day during the American Indian War

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December 28, 1835 – Dade Massacre was an 1835 defeat for the United States Army that greatly escalated the Second Seminole War, which lasted until 1842. On December 23, 1835, two U.S. companies of 110 troops under Major Francis Langhorne Dade departed from Fort Brooke (present-day Tampa), heading up the King Highway (military road) on a resupply and reinforce mission to Fort King (present-day Ocala). Dade knew his men might be attacked by Seminole Indians who were shadowing his men, but believed that if an attack were to occur, it would occur during one of the river crossings or in the thicker woods to the south. Having passed these, he felt safe and recalled his flanking scouts in order that the command could move faster. Although the terrain he was now in, pines and palmettos, could not have concealed anyone who was standing or walking, it could and did conceal…

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